Over the years, I’ve developed a unique approach to constantly being aware of what’s most important, prioritizing it, and saying no to everything else. I call it the “What? So What? Now What?” approach.
Everyday when I’m presented with new opportunities or challenging situations that require critical thinking and that could have a big impact on how I spend my time and money, I ask myself the following questions:
- What? What exactly is the opportunity or challenge?
- So What? What is its potential impact (positive and negative)?
- Now What? What should I do about it now?
The reason this approach is so powerful is because it is so simple and helps me focus on what I should do NOW, and it helps me plan for the future.
The approach was inspired by researcher, A.J. Burton’s, Reflection Model.